I like this guys take on DE's. Read his historical ones, more right than wrong. Called both Vic and Tak
Yetur Gross-Matos ER/DE Penn St
by Drew Boylhart • December 18, 2019
Yetur has good size and the natural strength to become an excellent all-around defensive lineman for the team that selects him. He is stout against the run and has a good enough burst off the line to become an effective pass rusher. Yetur has those long legs that allow him to cover a lot of ground quickly and get into his opponent’s backfield shocking offensive lineman and luring them into making mistakes against him. Because of his natural strength, Yetur is more of a power pass rusher than a finesse rusher with the hand quickness that surprises offensive lineman. Yetur has more to learn but with a team that has good coaching and a good strength and conditioning program, Yetur has the upside and potential similar to former Defensive lineman Julius Peppers.
Yetur has to become more consistent in all aspects of his game. His pass-rushing moves need refining and his play against the run needs better understanding of how offensive lineman are moving him out of his gap assignment and how to hand fight better when that happens. He also looks on film to lack the passion in his overall play and aggressiveness needed to reach the impact player his talents suggest he can become.
BOTTOM LINE 2.00
Although Yetur has similar potential as Julius Peppers, right now he is not playing up to his potential much less the play of Peppers. He lacks consistency and passion in his overall play and although he has made impact plays on defense for his team he has not shown the consistency to make more impact plays. I’m not suggesting that he takes plays off but I am suggesting that he seems to not play to the whistle. In this draft, I suspect Yetur will be selected earlier than I have him rated and I understand that because he has excellent potential and upside and like I suggested earlier, right coach, right program and given the time, Yetur could become an impact player and selecting potential impact players is what the draft is all about.
KLavon Chaisson ER/OLB LSU
by Drew Boylhart • February 4, 2020
KLavon has the size and length teams look for in an edge rusher. He has good athletic talent and does a solid job rushing the passer. KLavon has those long arms that can be considered weapons when rushing the passer or in coverage. He is a quick-twitch athlete who can change direction quickly and cover ground quickly because of his long legs. He comes off the line of scrimmage at a good pad level for a tall player, allowing him to gain an advantage on players bigger than he is. He has the athletic talent to play in your front seven at multiple positions in any style of defense on, or off the line of scrimmage. KLavon should help the team that selects him on passing downs on or off the line, rushing the passer or in coverage situations.
I was very surprised to find out that KLavon was 6’4” 250lbs. On film, he plays much smaller and looks more like a free safety playing the wrong position up near the line and in the box. He’s a sloppy tackler and struggles to finish his pass rush against less talented offensive lineman. He gives excellent effort on every play but his lower and upper body strength is not where it should be at this point in his career. KLavon football IQ and instincts are not up to the level of his athletic talent also. He has slim hips and small shoulders and because of his sloppy tackling not being able to bulk up might concern teams because of injury issues at the next level. He did have knee surgery and might not be all the way back from that injury that caused him, a full year of playing time.
BOTTOM LINE 3.78
KLavon reminds me of Barkevious Mingo. I felt Barkevious was a specialty player and I feel that KLavon is very much like him and a specialty player also. KLavon has the athletic talent to be a starter on defense but will likely not start because of his inability to tackle securely, and lack of instincts. KLavon could be the type of athlete that can overcome his lack of bulk, like Hall of Fame and former Dolphins ER/LB Jason Taylor, but with what I see on film right now, if KLavon becomes that type of player it will take some time and a lot of hard work. That being said, there is nothing that will stop him except time and hard work and maybe KLavon will overcome his weaknesses. It has happened before but for me, in this draft, all I can see is a specialty player and I would let other teams do all the work and wait for his first contract to be up. But that’s just me.
AJ Epenesa ER/DE Iowa
by Drew Boylhart • December 18, 2019
AJ is a big powerful defensive lineman. He has a solid overall athletic talent to play inside or on the outside in a 3-4 offense. He has this unique ability to make plays the most when his team needs it and seems to get stronger and quicker as the game goes on showing excellent physical stamina and therefore a solid work ethic. AJ is stout against the run and does an excellent job playing in a 2gap system. He has the size to play more that one position on your defensive line inside or outside depending on down and distance. With his size and long arms AJ has the ability to develop into an outstanding defensive lineman but he still has some work to do.
AJ is limited athletically but that did not stop JJ Watt and if AJ will get serious and learn to become more explosive off the line and better hand techniques he has the potential to be just as impacting. Right now, he is a tweener for the next level. He doesn’t have the foot speed and flexibility to be a pass rusher on the outside and lacks the hand fighting techniques and bulk to be used on the inside. That being said there is no reason at all that AJ can’t become a power pass rusher very much like Watt became if he gets more serious about intensifying his workouts and become more explosive off the line of scrimmage. Otherwise, you have drafted your self a solid defensive lineman but not a dominating one as he has been at the college level.
BOTTOM LINE 2.22
I see what I see, it’s not personal to me or though I suspect it is very personnel to AJ All I can tell you is that he needs a kick in the buttocks to improve past the level he is right now. That level is fine for college but if he wants to impact at the next level he has to up his game. That means to stop this macho garbage of engaging and then throwing his opponent to the side to make tackles. At the next level, he has to use hand techniques to shed blocks and make tackles. I know he can use the correct techniques because in the fourth quarter when his team needs a sack he does it. When his team needs a stop at the line of scrimmage…he does that also. I see the potential to play above his athletic talent but I don’t see it all the time. I’m not suggesting the effort isn’t there on every play or that he is not trying but I am suggesting that he has a lot to improve on if he wants to impact at the next level as he has at the college level because he is limited athletically. JJ Watt came out and made himself even better than he was with his limited athletic ability and I know if AJ works as hard as Watt did that he can too but for the purposes of this draft, what you see is what you get with AJ and that is a solid defensive lineman and not necessary an impact one unless…. He works as hard as Watt has to become more explosive off the line of scrimmage and improves in every facet of his game.